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Some Valentine’s Day Reading: Love letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning now viewable online

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Thinking of putting your feelings for that special someone down in writing this Valentine’s Day?    Why not take inspiration from the experts?

Starting today, lovers around the world can read digitized versions of 573 love letters between 19th-century poet Elizabeth Barrett and fellow poet (and eventual husband) Robert Browning .

The digitization project is a collaboration between Wellesley and Baylor University in Waco, Texas, which houses the world’s largest collection of books, letters and other items related to the Brownings.

For more about this collection: http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2012/02/14/barrett-browning-love-letters.html

To view the Browning Letters:  http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/ab-letters

Summertime and the Readin’ is Easy

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

“Imagine yourself on a hot summer’s day, relaxing in a shaded hammock, cool beverage at hand, internet connectivity down, cell phone missing. You reach for that book you’ve been meaning to get to. What book would that be?”

That’s how the SFU Library describes the kind of books they’d like community members to suggest for their colleagues’ summer reading.

Summer readers and librarians from left: Yolanda Koscielski, Elaine Fairey, and Mark Bodnar.

Librarians and library staff have been creating in-house “summer picks” lists for several years and want to share the fun. This year the Library is extending an invitation to the entire SFU community to submit summer reading suggestions for the blog Great Reads — Summertime Reading.

“It’s a great way to learn more about people’s interests and spark conversations” says Elaine Fairey, Director of the Student Learning Commons. Liaison librarians Mark Bodnar and Yolanda Koscielski have teamed up to launch this year’s Summer Reading list, with blog editing support from library co-op student Shawna Kristin.

A number of other universities have summer reading programs but they are often targeted programs such as assigned readings for incoming students, or recommended readings from faculty for alumni. “We wanted this to be lighthearted and really inclusive,” says Fairey. “We know people are reading academic materials, but this is about celebrating reading for pure enjoyment.”

Everyone in the SFU community is invited to participate by submitting their recommendations for summer reading. “I’m especially excited to see what SFU students are reading this summer,” says Fairey, who personally loves books about books as well as arcane mystery series.

British Library launch 19th Century Historical Collection App for iPad

Friday, June 10th, 2011

A few days ago the SFU Library launched our Summer Time Reading blog, a place to post suggestions from the SFU community on some great summer reads.   Elaine Fairey, Director of the Student Learning Commons, is brushing up on her Dickens by reading Nicolas Nickelby this summer.  Imagine being able to read a 19th century edition of a Dickens classic from the beach – now you can!

The British Library has just launched a new app for the Apple iPad which allows you to read over 1,000 books published in the 19th century, in fields ranging from travel writing and natural history to fiction and philosophy.

From the British Library press release:

Currently the app features over a thousand 19th Century books, but it will provide access to more than 60,000 titles by later this summer when details on pricing for the service will be announced. The 60,000 books, which are all in the public domain, are part of the British Library’s 19th Century Historical Collection and span numerous languages and subject areas including titles such as “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley and “The Adventures of Oliver Twist” [with plates] by Charles Dickens.

“We are excited to bring this historical book project of this nature to iPad users around the world,” said Mitchell Davis, a founder of BiblioLabs. “iPad allows for a level of intimacy with these antiquarian books that evokes a sense of engagement and curiosity that is not possible in a browser based experience.”

“We are delighted that the Library’s partnership with BiblioLabs is going to make this remarkable collection of 19th Century books available to iPad users, making them visible and accessible to a much wider audience than could ever be possible through our reading rooms,” said Caroline Brazier, the British Library’s Director of Scholarship and Collections. “These books provide a wealth of historical, scientific and cultural content for the researcher and more general enthusiast alike, and this project helps bring them to life.”

Users can experience the British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts now available online!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Scholars now have access to a wonderful digitized edition of all the surviving manuscripts written by Jane Austen.  Professor Kathryn Sutherland, Professor of Bibliography & Textual Criticism, English Faculty and St Anne’s College, Oxford was the principle investigator in a massive project to digitize the surviving manuscripts, which are now available through the Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition website.  This is a three-year AHRC-funded research project.  It is a joint project of the University of Oxford and King’s College London.

Prof. Sutherland has been in the news this week for comments made regarding her analysis of the handwritten letters and manuscripts.  She asserts that Austen’s manuscripts present a quite different picture of her writing from the finished novels we are familiar with today.  For a brief summary of Sutherland’s observations, and your own reading pleasure, here are a few news articles published this week:

Jane Austen’s famous prose may not be hers after all – Anita Sighn, Telegraph

and for another take on the scholarship,

Attack on Jane Austen’s genius shows neither sense nor sensibility – Jonathan Jones, Guardian